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The Best Laptop Deals for the Holidays

Top 10 Laptop Deals


The holiday shopping season is approaching, and the National Retail Federation expects holiday sales to jump by 2.3% this year, to a total of almost $450 billion. Laptops are always hot items for holiday gifts, but how can you find the best laptop for the lowest price? Here are 10 laptops – all under $1,000 (and most under $500) that will work as great gifts and won’t break the bank!

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Dell Inspiron Mini 1018


This mini laptop weighs less than three pounds with a 10.1” screen in 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, and over seven hours of battery power. The attractive price of $299.99 makes this laptop an affordable (yet generous) holiday gift.

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ASUS Eee Seashell PC


This 10.1” laptop is known for the whopping 11 hours’ worth of battery life, powered by the energy-efficient Intel Atom N450 technology inside. The 250 GB of hard drive doesn’t hurt, either. For $299.99, this is one of the best laptop deals on the market.

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Acer 10.1 Inch Netbook


For $299.99, this 10.1-inch Acer netbook with a backlit keyboard is equipped with stereo speakers and eight hours of battery power. A built-in mic and webcam with a multi-functional touchpad makes this computer the perfect gift for the holidays.

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HP Mini 210 Series


Priced at $329.99, this mini 10.1” laptop with a 160 GB 7200-rpm hard drive is available in five colors. If you plan on using this laptop on the go, no need to worry – it has a battery life over 10 hours and weighs only 3.1 lbs.

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Toshiba Satellite T210


At $469.99, this 11.6” laptop features Windows 7, and 2 GB of memory. At 3.3 pounds and with an HDMI output to connect it to HD televisions, it definitely works as a portable media center.

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Dell Inspiron 15


At $489.99, this 15.6” laptop with a built-in webcam is available in six colors and some 200 custom image designs. If you buy it in pink, Dell will donate $5 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge


Priced at $549 and featuring the newest Windows 7 operating system, this laptop has a 13.3” screen and 2 GB of RAM to keep things running smoothly.

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Sony VAIO EB Series


Priced at $649.99 and available in eight vibrant colors, the Sony VAIO EB Series comes bundled with Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements as a bonus. It also has a backlit keyboard and 640 GB of storage, weighs 5.95 pounds and has a 15.5” screen.

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HP Pavilion dm4t Series


This HP laptop with 14” LED screen comes complete with an HDMI cable to connect to HD televisions. The laptop powered by Intel Core i5 technology weighs only 4.4 pounds and has 6.5 hours of battery power, all for $729.99.

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11-inch Mac Book Air


At $999, this incredibly thin laptop isn’t cheap, but it’s got Apple’s trademark sophisticated and sharp look. Plus it has 64 GB of flash storage and 2 GB of RAM for fast and reliable performance.

- Scott Gamm is the founder of the personal finance website HelpSaveMyDollars.com. He has appeared on NBC’s TODAY, MSNBC, Fox Business Network, ABC News and CBS.

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